iRiffPort guitar input for iPhone, iPad review

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Provides: Audio input for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch
Developer: Pocketlabworks
Minimum Requirements: 1/4″ instrument input and iPad, iPad 2, iPhone 4/4S or iPod touch 4th generation
Price: $99.99
Availability: Now

iRiffPort is an instrument to iPod/iPhone/iPad connector that lets the user/player turn an iOS device into an effects processor. The iRiffPort connections allow you to use the setup with earphones/ear buds so you can keep the music to yourself or to plug into external speakers and annoy the neighbors. I didn’t really turn up my amp enough to annoy my neighbors; let’s just say the sound filled the room thoroughly.

Since this is, in the most basic terms, a patch cord, it is literally plug and play. The unit is a six foot long cord with an iOS device connection at one end and a 1/4 inch stereo jack at the other end. As long as you have a compatible app for it, the iRiffPort allows you to use your iDevice as a guitar amplifier or an effects processor or a bass amplifier or an acoustic guitar equalizer, etc. At the end of the cord that plugs into your instrument there is an offset 1/8 inch (3.5mm) stereo jack input for your headphones so you can hear what you’re doing.



“That’s pretty nifty,” you might say, but wait; there’s more. At the end of the cord that plugs into your iDevice there is another offset 1/8 inch (3.5mm) output jack so you can plug into powered speakers so others can hear you.



This means you can use your iDevice to practice or perform just like any other effects pedal (however, I don’t recommend putting your iPod on the floor and stepping it—bad things happen…)

If you like to play while travelling, need to be able to practice without disturbing the rest of the household or would just like to try some amps and effects options without spending a lot of money, this is a great tool for taking a musical test drive. I know amps get expensive fast and effects aren’t found in the dollar store. This option is good for the beginner as well as more seasoned players who want to try some of the “I’ve always wondered about…” stuff or to check out the some toys from the audio gear developers.

For my tests, I used the iRiffPort while running pocketlabworks Amp. With the headphones, the sound was clean and, thanks to the default limiter in pocketlabworks Amp, doesn’t start loud enough to do any damage. With the amps, I tried one solid state and one tube amp, and the sound was as clean as any effects pedal. The cable is well shielded and the input/output jacks were solid. The length is enough to either practice or play with.



In short, iRiffPort is a nifty piece of hardware that is easy to use and does its job well. Rock on.

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